Mathews secures USC win over UCLA in Senior Day thriller

first_imgTo say that Jonah Mathews went out with a bang in his last game at Galen Center would be an understatement. “We’re playing great defense,” Enfield said. “To hold Arizona to 48 last week, UCLA to 52, Arizona State to 61, we’re a really good defensive team. We’re very tough.” “Our [conference] is very, very deep this year, and anybody can beat you,” Enfield said. “The Pac-12 Tournament is wide open. [The win] means a lot for us … But at the same time, any team can win games in Las Vegas.” “UCLA is a really good defensive team … and they [were] shoving [Okongwu] on every possession and grabbing him and pushing him and they tried to keep the ball out of his hands,” Enfield said. “He played a great game [today], had 16 points and he did get 12 shot attempts, but his biggest thing is his turnovers. When he gets pressure, he gets sped up.” USC rose to fourth in the Pac-12 and earned a first-round bye in the upcoming tournament by virtue of the win and a Colorado loss to Utah. USC will start its campaign for a conference tournament title Thursday against Wednesday’s winner of Arizona vs. Washington. With the win, the Trojans completed a season sweep of the rival Bruins. Perhaps more importantly, they put a halt to a seven-game UCLA winning streak and ended the Bruins’ hopes of being the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. Mathews went 5-for-9 from downtown on the game. He reached 247 career 3-pointers, breaking the previous USC record of 245 set by former Trojan Elijah Stewart. Okongwu struggled to convert on his high-pressure free-throws, missing a pair in the final minute to allow UCLA to gain possession and take a 1-point lead with nine seconds to go. Although the spotlight was on USC’s graduating class, freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu showed up to play in what may have been his last game at Galen Center, pending a potential NBA Draft declaration. The big man had 16 points, six rebounds and two assists but often struggled to maintain control of the ball, conceding four turnovers on the game. Offensively, the Trojans remarkably shot 41% from the field, from behind the arc and from the free-throw line. USC was especially outshot from the line, as UCLA made a near-perfect 14 out of its 15 free-throw attempts. “[Head coach Andy Enfield] told me before that free-throw even [happened], ‘I’m putting the ball in your hands, and we’re going to live or die,’” Mathews said. “So I was like, ‘We’re going to live today. We’re going to live and celebrate.’” It was the first game-winning 3-pointer for the Trojans since Bennie Boatwright’s deciding shot against Arizona State last season. “It’s very fitting that [Mathews] can end his career with the 3-point record [and] a big shot like that that he’ll remember,” Enfield said. “I can’t say enough positives about how he’s developed as a player and what he means to our program.” Rakocevic was quiet in terms of scoring with just 6 points but picked up seven rebounds, adding to his resume as USC’s second all-time leading rebounder. Along with Mathews, the Trojans also honored seniors forward Nick Rakocevic and McKay Anderson as well as redshirt senior guards Daniel Utomi and Quinton Adlesh in the pregame Senior Day ceremony. USC’s defense played well in its own right, as the Bruins were held to under 65 points for the first time since their Jan. 19 win over Cal. UCLA’s leading scorer on the game, sophomore forward Cody Riley, had just 13 points. Senior guard Jonah Mathews’ game-winning 3-pointer against UCLA Saturday was the 247th of his career, a USC record. The Trojans beat the Bruins 54-52. (James Wolfe / Daily Trojan) “I had a lot of emotion going through my head at that point,” Mathews said. “I made [the shot], my teammates came and swarmed me. The gym was going insane.” The senior guard missed a pair of free-throw attempts with 1:41 remaining, but he more than redeemed himself shortly after. Mathews hit a stepback 3-pointer with one second left to seal USC’s 54-52 victory Saturday over crosstown rival UCLA.last_img read more

Ikoyi Club Tennis Championship Kicks off in Style

first_imgThe Wichtech Individual and Team Tennis Championship began at Ikoyi Club 1938 Section on Monday evening with 64 participants.They are divided into blue and red groups, with each group comprising of four teams.There is also the individual events which include men’s singles A and B, ladies singles, men’s double and super veterans, for 70 years and above.Speaking at a press briefing to herald the competition, sponsor and Managing Director of Wichtech Group Ltd, Chido Nwankwo, said: “Sponsoring the competition was a wise move and the fact that the number of participants had increased in the last three years of my company’s sponsorship shows that value had been added to the competition.”Games Captain, Tennis Section, Akeem Mustafa, said despite the competitiveness expected at the tourney, fitness and bonding of members remains the ultimate aim of the championship. “There are a number of other tournaments coming up to keep members fit, healthy and build a bond through tournaments and tennis tours to different parts of the world with other clubs of similar status and this year will not be different. The idea is to ensure that members play competitive tourneys, raise the standard of the game and competitiveness. But even within the competition, the fact that we are a recreation club is not lost.“There are various prizes for grabs. Aside giant trophies, winners would go home with vouchers to pick up things at mega plaza and Park & Shop.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Copa America Preview: Group A

first_imgNinety-nine years ago the birth of the Copa America, the sport’s oldest continental competition, brought about a rapid change to the game of football.Held almost annually in the early years, the tournament fostered a dramatic rise in the standards of South American sides – made evident when Uruguay arrived unheralded at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris and walked off with the gold medal. They enchanted observers with the beauty of their play and led to a question being asked: how can we find out which really is the best team around, given that professionals cannot enter the Olympics?The answer, of course, was the creation of the World Cup – first staged, and won, by Uruguay, just 14 years after they had claimed the inaugural Copa.Since then, the Copa has been through a number of phases, at times playing host to the best football in the world, at others neglected. It was brought back in 1987, and taken round all of South America’s10 footballing nations, but it found itself overshadowed by another significant development in South American football – the introduction, in 1996, of the marathon format of World Cup qualification, where all 10 nations play each other home and away, a change which has done wonders for the standard of the less traditional nations.For a few years the Copa seemed superfluous, and between 1997 and 2004 four versions were played, all with plenty of understrength teams. Since then, though, the Copa has found its place in the calendar.The 2015 edition begins today. [See Group B and Group C] –ChileCopa America titles: 0Last Copa title: NeverCoach: Jorge Sampaoli Finish in the most recent Copa: QuarterfinalsPlayer to watch: Alexis Sanchez is coming off his best professional season, scoring 25 goals and recording 12 assists in all competitions for Arsenal in 2014-15. His offense will be vital if Chile are to lift their first Copa America title.Greatest player: Elias Figueroa — Figueroa was an elegant central defender whom Brazil legend Pele called “probably the finest central defender in the history of football in the Americas.”Greatest achievement: Hosts of the 1962 World Cup, Chile finished third, missing the final at the hands of a rampant Garrincha-led Brazil in the semis. –MexicoNumber of Copa America titles: 0Last Copa title: NeverCoach: Miguel HerreraFinish in the most recent Copa: Group stage Player to watch: Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona has been one of few bright spots in Mexico’s lead-up to Copa America, often playing on a different level than his Chile-bound El Tri teammates.Greatest player: Hugo Sanchez — Top scorer on five different occasions in La Liga and once in Mexico, the acrobatic ‘Hugol’ is unquestionably Mexico’s greatest ever football export.Greatest achievement: Mexico’s 1999 Confederations Cup victory was the country’s first major inter-federational trophy. El Tri’s gold medal over Neymar’s Brazil at Wembley in 2012 was one to cherish as well — albeit at ‘amateur’ level.– EcuadorCoach: Gustavo QuinterosNumber of Copa America titles: 0Last title: NeverFinish in the most recent Copa: Group stagePlayer to watch: Miller Bolanos — A star for Guayaquil giants Emelec, the quick striker will look to open the eyes of an international audience in Chile. Greatest player: Alberto Spencer — Spencer, known as ‘The Magic Head,’ was a prolific forward for legendary Uruguayan club Penarol who carved his name in South American history as the Copa Libertadores’ all-time top goal scorer.Greatest achievement: The 2006 World Cup quarterfinals. La Tri earned qualification to a World Cup knockout stage for the first time in 2006, advancing with hosts Germany out of Group A.–BoliviaNumber of Copa America titles: 1Last Copa title: 1963Coach: Mauricio SoriaFinish in the most recent Copa: Group stagePlayer to watch: Marcelo Moreno — Big, physical and acrobatic in the air, Moreno will be Bolivia’s main reference up front in Chile.Greatest player: Marco Etcheverry — A skillful and clever playmaker, El Diablo scored 13 goals in 71 appearances for El Verde between 1989 and 2003, while guiding Bolivia to the World Cup finals in 1994.Greatest achievement: The 1963 South American title. Taking advantage of the country’s extreme altitudes, Bolivia lifted its only South American championship title on home soil in 1963. See also: Group B preview and Group C preview–last_img read more

UCL Review: PSG and Real Madrid all square, Man City win late, Man United draw

first_imgParis Saint-Germain and Real Madrid had to settle for a share of the spoils as Group A’s top two played out a 0-0 draw.Each side came into Wednesday’s match having collected six points from their first two group stage games, however, it was Real who dominated play to start.Jese was played in by a precise Toni Kroos through ball in the 26th minute, but his low shot was well saved by PSG keeper Kevin Trapp.A pair of Cristiano Ronaldo headers then began a barrage of chances for Real 10 minutes later, but Trapp was again up to the task and kept the scoreline even heading into half-time.PSG took more initiative in the second period and created the first quality chance, but Edinson Cavani poked a Thiago Motta cross wide of Keylor Navas’ near post from eight yards out.Ronaldo came closest to opening Real’s account in the 72nd minute, with his left-footed shot from just outside the six-yard box going inches wide after a sweeping counter by Los Blancos. That was the best either team could muster, however, before the final whistle put an end to the proceedings.Elsewhere in Group A, Malmo picked up their first points of the campaign with a 1-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.Markus Rosenberg scored the only goal of the game for Swedish outfit, slotting home from close range.Kevin De Bruyne’s last-minute strike secured a dramatic 2-1 victory for Manchester City against Sevilla. A lively first half saw both sides create chances, with Wiflried Bony and Kevin De Bruyne going close for the hosts, while Grzegorz Krychowiak forced Joe Hart into a good stop.But it was Sevilla who took the lead inside 30 minutes with Yevhen Konoplyanka firing first time past Hart after being teed up by Vitolo.City, however, responded well and were level seven minutes later with Rami deflecting Bony’s effort into this own net after Raheem Sterling’s earlier strike had been saved.The second half was a quieter affair, although the best chances appeared to have fallen to Sevilla, with Kevin Gameiro heading over from inside the box, before wasting another chance from close range shortly after. However, with the game seemingly set for a draw, up popped De Bruyne in the game’s closing moments to fire into the bottom corner and send the Etihad Stadium wild.Elsewhere in Group D, Juventus dropped their first points of the campaign following a 0-0 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.Juve had the chances to win but were unable to find a way past Yann Sommer, who was called into action on a number of occasions.In Group B, Anthony Martial salvaged a point for Manchester United as his goal secured a 1-1 draw against CSKA Moscow. United did not help their chances as they gifted CSKA an early penalty, although David De Gea got down low to deny Roman Eremenko.Seydou Doumbia, however, was the quickest to react following the miss, pouncing and converting the rebound past the helpless De Gea.It could have been 2-0 shortly after the 30-minute mark if not for the United keeper, who was on hand to pull off a fine stop to deny Ahmed Musa’s long-range strike.The English side struggled to create for much of the game but came to life after the hour-mark when Martial drew them level, heading Antonio Valencia’s cross in off the post.United then pushed for a winner for the remainder of the game, but were unable to find a way past Igor Akinfeev for a second time. Second-half goals from Bas Dost and Max Kruse helped Wolfsburg to a 2-0 win over PSV Eindhoven.Dost was quickest on the scene to fire home the rebound after Josuha Guilavogui’s strike was saved by Jeroen Zoet, before Kruse doubled Wolfsburg’s advantage with a well-taken header 10 minutes later.*CLICK TO READ: 5 things we learned from this week’s UCL games –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports. Champions League action is always available on SuperSport, your world of championslast_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Dodgers actively trying to move outfielders Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp

first_imgThe Dodgers are looking to make roster moves.Los Angeles is actively trying to deal outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, according to report from, which cites an unidentified league source. MLB trade rumors: At least 4 teams have spoken with Mariners about acquiring Carlos Santana MLB trade rumors: Diamondbacks may be interested in Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. According to a source, the Dodgers are actively trying to trade Yasiel Puig and/or Matt Kemp.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 12, 2018The Dodgers and Reds have been discussing multiple deals, some of which include Puig, according to Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman.Dodgers and Reds are discussing deals, some of which include Yasiel Puig. If it happens Puig would be reunited with hitting coach Turner Ward for more kisses. #puigyourfriend— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 12, 2018The 28-year-old Puig, who was an All-Star in 2014, has spent all six of his MLB seasons with the Dodgers. He slashed .267/.327/.494 with 23 home runs and 63 RBIs in 2018.center_img Related News Meanwhile, Kemp bounced back last season. The two-time Silver Slugger award winner made the All-Star team after he registered a .290 batting average with 21 home runs and 85 RBIs.The Dodgers finished 2018 with a 92-71 record and reached the playoffs for a sixth straight season. They advanced to the World Series, where they fell to the Red Sox in five games.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, July 24, 2013:•4:30 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 300 block S. Fair, Wellington.•6:55 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1000 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•Melissa D. Oneal, 45, Wellington was served a summons to appear for charges of battery and disorderly conduct.•Cassandra N. Huck, 23, Wellington was served a summons to appear for a charge of theft.•Lonnie D. Jacobs, 47, Wellington was served a summons to appear for a charge of theft.last_img

USDA to spend $36 million on Iowa flood plain buy-outs

first_imgDES MOINES — The U.S.D.A. will spend up to $36 million to buy Iowa land damaged by Missouri River flooding.The money to pay landowners comes from the U.S.D.A. Emergency Watershed Protection Program. Iowa property owners in the flood zone may apply to permanently turn the land over to the federal government for a “conversation easement.” The easements will be restored to the natural flood plain.The buy-outs are available for public or private farmland as well as residential properties damaged by flooding. Applications may be submitted at Natural Resources Conservation Service field offices through October 18.last_img

Rugby community farewells former All Black Dylan Mika

first_imgPhoto/ 1 News. Caption: Dylan Mika in a test against the Wallabies. The 45-year-old New Zealand born athlete lived with type one diabetes throughout most of his rugby career and died from a suspected heart failure last week. Former Black Fern Vania Wolfgramme says NZ Rugby has been inundated with tributes for the late Dylan Mika.”Probably one of our rare talents… He played over 50 games for Auckland and captained the team, two tests for the Manu, seven test matches for the All Blacks. You know when they say ‘Grow in the game and go back to your roots,’ he was one of those men.”The public service for Dylan Mika was held at Eden Park.last_img

NLEX hopes to get back at Korea’s Etland in battle for 3rd

first_imgMOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Guiao said their newfound awareness of the Koreans will help them in the bronze medal game, while veteran center Asi Taulava knows one way to counteract the Elephants’ shooting.“If we can salvage third place that’d be great but we like our chances and I love these guys as long as they have this fighting heart we’ll get better,” said Taulava, who has been shooting 33.3 percent from deep in the tournament. “We’re showing more heart now than we did last [PBA] conference and I got to love that.”“The more you get used to their style, the better you react,” said Guiao. “The first time we faced them, our reaction time had a split-second delay and if you give them that extra time they will make shots. We’re hoping to react better defensively.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo from Asia League Facebook.MACAU—NLEX missed out on a shot at the Asia League Super 8 title when it lost to Guangzhou, 75-63, in the semifinals Saturday at Macau East Asian Games Dome here.The Road Warriors, though, still have a chance at the bronze medal on Sunday when it faces Etland, a team that defeated them, 75-60, in the group stages.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View comments Head coach Yeng Guiao they won’t just play for the last podium finish but they will head into their duel against the Elephants with retribution in mind.“They beat in our second game here, and we feel that you learn something every time you play the Korean teams,” said Guiao. “And it’s not just enough that you learn, but it will be sweeter if you learn and beat them at the same time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We’ll try to win third place and get a podium finish, at least that’s going to be good enough for us,” added Guiao.The Road Warriors got pummeled in its previous game against Etland when the Elephants made 15 3-pointers giving them their only loss of the group stage. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Spieth part of 3-way tie for British lead as Woods lurks Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

USOC moves to shut down USA Gymnastics after Nassar scandal

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thunder win fifth straight, lose Westbrook to sprained ankle Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The announcement comes only days after the U.S. team brought home nine medals from the World Championships in the first major meet in the lead-up to Tokyo in 2020. Five of those were individual medals won by Olympic champion Simone Biles, who is among the athletes who have not hesitated to criticize the organization.By moving to decertify USA Gymnastics, the USOC is taking major action against an organization that never grasped control over its own rebuilding. But the move could also leave a void that cannot be easily filled. In addition to supporting elite and Olympic athletes, and selecting teams and coaches for international competitions, USA Gymnastics serves more than 150,000 athletes in 3,000 clubs around the country. There is no other organization standing by to fill that need.“Seeking to revoke recognition is not a decision that we have come to easily, but I believe it is the right action,” Hirshland said. “In the short-term, we will work to ensure that America’s gymnasts have the support necessary to excel on and off the field of play. We are building plans to do just that no matter the outcome of the revocation process.”The federal law that governs the USOC gives the federation final say on which organizations represent each sport at the Olympics, and also establishes a process to decertify the organizations. But that process is used only under the most extreme circumstances. One example came in 1994 when the USOC recommended decertifying the NRA as the governing body for shooting, and the NRA accepted the decision. The USOC also has dictated changes and placed its own administrators in charge of smaller NGBs in need of overhauls. The USOC could take a major role in shaping, even possibly running, whatever agency takes USA Gymnastics’ place.Hirshland said she has given USA Gymnastics the option of surrendering its recognition voluntarily, though there was no indication of which direction USAG would go. It issued a statement saying it was looking at the USOC letter “and is evaluating the best path forward for our athletes, professional members, the organization and staff.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The statement detailed the challenges the new board has faced since taking over in June.It is in search of its fourth president and CEO in the last 19 months thanks to a series of resignations, all of them under pressure from the USOC or the gymnastics’ community at large.Penny — named as a co-defendant in several civil lawsuits filed by former elite gymnasts— stepped down in March 2017. He was arrested last month and charged with destroying or hiding documents related to Nassar’s activities at the Karolyi Ranch, the ex-national training center near Huntsville, Texas, where a number of gymnasts said Nassar abused them.The organization named Perry as Penny’s replacement but her tenure lasted barely nine months. She was criticized by several high-profile gymnasts, Biles included, for failing to offer a clear vision on the way forward and quit in September.Her resignation came shortly after the hiring, then quick removal, of Mary Lee Tracy as elite development coordinator; Tracy had been supportive of Nassar when the allegations first surfaced.USA Gymnastics brought on former U.S. Representative Mary Bono to serve as interim president and CEO last month. Bono didn’t last a week, stepping away after drawing criticism for an Instagram post she made shortly before she was hired that was critical of Nike placing former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick at the forefront of a marketing campaign.All these moves simply added fuel to those who were seeking the total dismantling of USAG.Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, the first gymnast to sue USAG, said she grew tired of USAG’s “cynical PR statements about how much they care about athletes.”“It is time for this organization to be replaced,” she said. “My only regret is that it has taken the U.S. Olympic Committee so long to act.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The USOC itself also has faced criticism for not responding quickly and appropriately to sex abuse cases, and though the move was cheered by the gymnast whose own revelations helped propel Nassar’s years of abuse to the fore — “THANK YOU,” tweeted Rachel Denhollander — others viewed it as a ploy to shift blame for the scandal.“Today’s announcement by USOC seeks only to deflect from their total failure over decades to protect the gymnasts in their care,” said a statement from attorneys Michelle Simpson Tuegel and Mo Aziz, who represent Olympian Tasha Schwikert and her sister, Jordan, in their lawsuit against USAG and the USOC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissEarlier this year, the USOC said it was seeking to remove itself as a defendant from a number of lawsuits — including those filed by gold medalists McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman — claiming Nassar never worked for the federation, nor were his crimes foreseeable by the USOC. The lawsuits claim the USOC, as the umbrella organization that oversees USA Gymnastics, should have done more when it learned of the abuse.It did push for new leadership at USA Gymnastics, but even with a new board of directors that started in June, the organization made repeated mistakes while dealing with the aftermath of revelations that the now-imprisoned Nassar molested Olympians while working as a volunteer. Those included the botched hiring of a program coordinator and an interim CEO to replace Kerry Perry, who lasted barely nine months on the job after the USOC forced out Steve Penny. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this July 24, 2018, file photo, Kerry Perry, president of USA Gymnastics, speaks during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing in Washington. The U.S. Olympic Committee is moving to revoke USA Gymnastics’ status as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, meting out the nuclear option to an organization that has botched its own reorganization in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar. The organization, even with a newly constructed board of directors, made repeated mistakes after the revelations Nassar molested Olympians while working as a volunteer. They included the botched hiring of a program coordinator and an interim CEO to replace Perry, who lasted less than a year on the job. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)The U.S. Olympic Committee took steps Monday to decertify USA Gymnastics as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, choosing to pursue the nuclear option for an organization that botched its own rebuilding attempt in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar.In an open letter to the gymnastics community, USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said “you deserve better,” and that the challenges facing USA Gymnastics are more than it is capable of overcoming as currently constructed.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more